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  1. the steel is the best ever of all my japanese tools, the iron grip, quite thin ( ca 10mm) makes possible to use it in all the positions, it is relatively short . I also have short chisels from Pfeil but the handle is to cumbersome to be used as the Japanese one . So I like all of it !!!!! I know that there is a Japanese tool maker who makes tools to order. I don't know his name or his address
  2. yes I found that too but it is not what I am looking for. I don't want a wooden handle
  3. thank you I already looked at these catalogs but without success. Dieter tools germany does not have it either lee valley does not have it
  4. Hi does anybody knows where to buy violin backs, with the outline ready for purfling ? It is to practice cutting the purfling groove, so : outline should be without too many bumps and a flat of about 1/2 inch all around ready to scribble on . it is for an old amateur who doesn't want to risk his good wood thanks in advance
  5. thank you Brad, thank you Jwillis I shall dive further into the Grünke then. I ordered the VSA book , it looks as though there is some info about Pfretzscher and Vuillaume shop which might be interesting. In the mean time I discovered yet another book by Darling Publication I may have a look into that too I find German bows quiet interesting .May not have the refined esthetic of the French ones but still..... there is still lots to discover thank you
  6. Hi If I wanted to strengthen my knowledge of German bows what books should I take as references ? obviously first comes the Grünke book which I have been studying for a while now but are the Babitt's books Markneukirchen Violins and Bows, a book by Bruce Babbitt . and VSA the German Bows an asset to have ? a must ? is the info reliable ? I am not being rude , so please forgive me if I ask quite so bluntly it is only a question because I hadn't heard of these books earlier is there a book on Pfretzchner bows other than the one from the Verband Deutscher Geigenbauer und Bogenmacher ? or from the same Verband the one about Nürnberger ???? thank you for your answers and ideas
  7. well thank you Jeff However I don't think that this idea uses all the features of the tool I see how a guitar repairer could get away with such a system , since guitars are fairly flat but don't think that would work on a curvy rib or top or bottom plate from a violin maker. thank you all the same
  8. Hello I remember seing a repertoire of the streets of London where violin makers had their shops in the 16th 17th century. It was written by Jill Firth, around 1975-1985, if I remember correctly . Has anybody an idea where I can find a copy ? thank you in advance
  9. I was thinking of this plane which seems to be an inbetween size cuttiing angle is low the problem is if the screw holds really well By the miniature plane version ist is not the case thank you Due to its blade width of 21.5 mm, this compact pocket plane is ideal for sophisticated work in model and instrument making. Combined feed and lateral adjustment lever. Non-adjustable mouth. Blade angle 15°, bevel angle 20°. This results in a cutting angle of 35°. re Blade material PM-V11™ Blade width 21 mm Blade thickness 2.7 mm Overall length 115 mm Weight 256 g
  10. thank you for your reply it is my thumb plane that I lost but I thought may be I could use a 12 mm wide but may be you're right I do use two planes at the moment
  11. hello I lost one of my thumb plane or fingerplane. would a Veritas Compact Pocket Plane be a good choice as a replacement does the screw work better than on the miniature plane from veritas too ? I found that when I tighten the screw the cap of the plane skid I don't want an ibex, don't like the new herdim, the new one should have a flat sole the Veritas Compact Pocket Plane looks ok but a bit wide ( will mostly be use for working on bridges and fingerboards) thank you for alternative suggestion
  12. tartarane


    thank you don Noon yes , but the point is that the person I am looking it for does not use apps, so still wanting to find one PS I am not sure that the app would be as accurate as this machine anyway
  13. tartarane


    NO NO thank you for answering but it isn't that at all. I am looking for the old machine C Hutchins must have used , with which you can measure the modes of a violin plate, back or front. the guy who made these machines was in England in the 80-90 . Just noticed that I misspell the name of the machine is VIOMATE He made different models . Does that ring a bell ? thank you tartarane
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